|Khavn - Box [krd-002] - Khavn dela Cruz|
It begins with "He's the boxman, he can do anything," as artist Khavn rocks out on piano and vocals, backed by his minimal band of bass, guitar and drums. Both "Boxman" and "Hey Box" are upbeat pop numbers while the second track "Don't even know you name" is a sentimental love song for an unnamed object of affection. With a total run time of 6:36, this single is three tracks long. It is short, sweet and infectious pop that works because it doesn't pretend to be anything more than sugary carbohyd...
Keywords: avant pop; umbilicuspop; pop
|Khavn - Feel (Songs for the 4th Chakra) [krd-003] - Khavn dela Cruz|
Taking his theme from the wide palette of human emotions, Khavn strings together 12 songs that deal with various feelings and states of mind. Ranging from anger to love, envy to hate, and everything in between, "Feel" alternately rocks out, and soothes quietly. There are post-punk tunes, spoken word experiments, romantic ballads, and witty pop gems all rolled into this 35-minute extravaganza. The 4th chakra, located in our heart, governs our intuition and love...
Keywords: pop; avant pop; umbilicuspop; punk; rock; ballad
|[krd-008] Khavn - Unrequited - Khavn dela Cruz|
Another homemade demo album of heartbreaking acoustic avant-pop. Consider this a collection of love songs for the bitter, the pathetic and the unrequited. In "My Anima" Khavn sings "it's pathetic, you're just a dream/ like this life I'm living" and he captures the essence of this album: a constant and nagging unobtainability which has been put on a pedestal and adored as a badge of honor, emotional pain as an undeniable proof of existence...
Keywords: avant-pop; emo; guitar; vocals; piano; acoustic; pop; indie
|[krd-009] VIGO - BANG! - Khavn dela Cruz|
Vigo, the six member chamber jazz avant pop collective from Manila, take their name from Jean Vigo, the French filmmaker who died from tuberculosis in 1934 at age 29 leaving behinda mere two films. The associations between the band and the man have to do with how both are proprietors of certain modes of ardor and certain modes of insanity. Love and lunacy. And a little of that fierce romanticism that a life that ends before its time and as it's cresting...
Keywords: avant-pop; neo-jazz; jazz; vocals; band; acoustic; pop; indie
|Khavn - Dula [krd-001] - Khavn dela Cruz|
Piano instrumentals built around a single haunting theme and expressed in 4 different flavors: from straightforward neo-classical to dramatic 'battle' or 'chase scene' frenzy, to joyful and silly 3/4 waltz, before ending with a pop love song treatment."Dula" means "theater play" in Filipino. Artist /pianist Khavn is a full-fledged film director and multimedia artist in his own right who usually scores his own productions.
Keywords: instrumental; piano; neo-classical; pop; avant pop; soundtrack